Tayum: Gabriela Cariño-Silang Gallery of Fine Arts
NOTE: The place is under renovation during our visit. We’re still thankful that we were welcomed there despite the ongoing development.
Located in Tayum, Abra, this museum houses various books, portraits and other priceless works of art. Among these are works of some famous Filipino and foreign painters, like Juan Luna, Fernando Amorsolo, Pablo Picasso, among others. Also exhibited here are brass, ceramics, chinaware, furniture and as well as the coat of arms of the Cariño family, who owns this museum.
After roaming around Bangued, we thought of visiting this place, knowing it’s just only a couple of kilometers from the Capitol. Just shortly after reaching the town proper, we quickly managed to reach the site, and it’s because most of the locals knew about the museum. The entrance fee costs PhP100.
A BEAUTIFUL MESS
Upon entrance, the atmosphere felt a little bit eerie. The place is cluttered, with scents of old books. According to our guide, the place is being renovated at the time of our visit.
GABRIELA SILANG’S HIDEOUT
The house was once owned by the uncle of Gabriela Silang, Nicolas Cariño, the younger brother of her father Anselmo. In this house is where she and her adherents sought refuge after his husband Diego was captured by the Spaniards, no thanks to the betrayal by the friends of her husband. The main catch here is the room where the Ilocano heroine stayed.
GALLERY OF FINE ARTS
Perhaps because the place is under renovation, as what our guides said, most of the exhibits are dusty, faded, uncategorized, and some have the scent of an old book. But hopefully, they would be in a better state once the renovations are finally done.
Rosarito Antonio Ancheta Cariño, Museum Curator
Teodoro Balmaceda St., Tayum, Abra
From Bangued, take a jeep going to Tayum or Dolores and get off at the town proper. From here you can go to the Museum by foot.
From Bangued proper, take the Abra-Kalinga road until you reach the town proper. It is 5 kilometers from Bangued.
DASH OF HISTORY
On December 14, 1762, Diego Silang launched the revolt against the Spanish rule in Ilocos, fuelled by the discontent of the “caillianes” (common man) on the imposition of tribute and forced labor. He proclaimed the State of Free Ilocos with Vigan as the capital.
While the Spaniards initially had difficulty in crushing the insurrection, Diego was killed in the act of betrayal by his friends Miguel Vicos and Pedro Becbec, by being shot at the back. Gabriela, his wife, aided by her uncle Nicolas Cariño, continued the fight until herself was captured by the Spaniards on August 24, 1763, and was later hanged on September 20, 1763 in Vigan.